3-year-old boy left in vehicle dies while family attends funeral

PALMETTO, Fla. - A 3-year-old boy is dead after being left in a vehicle in Palmetto for three hours while his family attended a funeral Saturday.

According to the Manatee Coutny Sheriff's Office, deputies and paramedics responded to the report of an unresponsive child in the 2700 block of 5th Ave. E. around 4:20 p.m., where the boy, Kyrese Dwayne Anderson, of Lehigh Acres, was pronounced deceased.

An initial investigation showed the boy's parents had driven separate cars to a babysitter who was watching the children while they attended the funeral.

The boy was accidentally left in the vehicle, while the other children, ages 4 and 5, went into the residence of the babysitter.

Detectives said the parents and babysitter thought all the children had made it into the home safely, and the parents went to the funeral. When they returned, they found the boy still in the vehicle and called 911.

An autopsy will be performed Monday to determine the boy's exact cause of death. No one has been charged with a crime, but the boy's death remains under investigation.

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